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U.S. religious groups start effort against urban violence

Washington

FAITH Groups move against Urban Violence

A diverse national coalition of faith groups on Tuesday launched an initiative aimed at curbing the violence and gun-related deaths that have plagued cities across the country for decades. "We have a moral imperative to heal our souls from this scourge of gun violence," said pastor Michael McBride, head of the Lifelines to Healing campaign, which comes under the umbrella of PICO, a faith-based network of community organizations in 150 cities and 17 states. At a news conference at the United Methodist Building in Washington attended by about 80 leaders of various faiths and denominations, McBride said that the campaign would focus on lobbying the president and members of Congress to go beyond gun-control measures and address the roots of urban violence.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.

2 men sentenced in terrorism case

An Iraqi man who pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in Kentucky was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole and a co-defendant received a 40-year sentence for his role in a plot to ship weapons and cash to insurgents in Iraq. Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 25, protested U.S. District Judge Thomas Russell's decision to send him away for life while granting Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, less time in prison. The two were arrested in May 2011 after a federal sting operation.

LOS ANGELES

Man accused of online nude scam

Federal authorities on Tuesday arrested a California man they say hacked into hundreds of social media and email accounts to coerce more than 350 women into showing him their naked bodies. Karen "Gary" Kazaryan, 27, of Glendale is accused of hacking into the women's accounts and searching Facebook messages, emails and other files for nude pictures of them. He then posed as a friend, persuading them to strip while he watched via Skype, captured images of them, or both.

Switzerland

Israel stays away from rights review

Israel on Tuesday became the first country to withhold cooperation from a U.N. review of its human rights practices. Officials did not appear at a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva for a report by the council as part of what is known as the Universal Periodic Review process, in which all 193 member states had previously participated. Israel's action reflects longstanding frustration with the council's perceived anti-Israel bias, diplomats say.

Elsewhere

Australia: Military personnel headed to flood-ravaged northeast Australia on today to help clean up the aftermath of floods that damaged thousands of homes and businesses and left some communities short of power, food and water. Four flood-related deaths were confirmed previously.

Times wires

U.S. religious groups start effort against urban violence 01/29/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 11:28pm]

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